What can you do, at the Jackson Zoo?

We have several volunteer opportunities for many ages and abilities.

Education Volunteers are volunteers who specialize in educating the public about the environment and the animals at the Zoo.

Zoo Teens are teenage volunteers who are trained to assist with animal care.

Event Volunteers help during the Zoo’s special events.


Education Volunteers

Education Volunteer

Education Volunteer

Education Volunteers play an integral part in education programs that include: Animal Programs and Outreach/ZooMobiles.They also work Special Events, and often spear head Special Projects.

Don’t think you have the experience?  NO WORRIES!  We will train you!

Must commit to 15 hours in each 3 month quarter.

For more information contact:
Becky Olthof at rolthof@jacksonzoo.org
or 601-352-2580 ext. 241


Teen Volunteers

Teen Volunteer

Teen Volunteer

Zoo Teens -  The Summer 2014 season has finished accepting applications.

Zoo Teens are volunteers (13-17 years old) that are interested in becoming an active volunteer during the summer months at the zoo. Following the summer months, volunteering is still highly encouraged. Duties include education animal care, interacting with zoo guests, assisting with summer camp, and more!  Spaces in the program are limited. Applicants will be required to submit an application and participate in an interview. Those selected for the program will be required to attend training on May 30th and 31st.

Must volunteer a minimum of 16 hours per month during the summer and 8 hours per month throughout the rest of the year.

Desired Qualities:

  • Shows leadership skills among peers.
  • Ability to work alone or in a group setting.
  • Follows directions accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Interest in animal care and the environment (Experience in this area a plus.)
  • A positive attitude.
  • A willingness to work hard and get dirty!

Training Process:

  • A 2-day group training session will be held May 30th and 31st. The training sessions are 6 hours long.
  • Pass the basic animal test (at the end of training.)
  • Pass the basic animal handling certification on at least 2 “beginner” animals.


Event Volunteers

The events at the Jackson Zoo would not be possible without the hard work of many dedicated volunteers. From the people who help with the celebrity scoopers at Ice Cream Safari, and the ones who dress up as not so scary “monsters” and help us make Boo at the Zoo fun. Everyone who puts in their valuable free time is important to us we want them to know…”We couldn’t do it without you!”

If you are interested in becoming an event volunteer, contact the Jackson Zoo Education Department or call: (601) 352-2580 ext 241.